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« on: January 14, 2006 01:55:21 PM »

I'm trying to make a "backsack" or whatever you want to call it.
and I'm terribly confused by the instructions for some reason

the site I'm using is: http://www.creativeneedlemag.com/feature/feature1ja00.html

I start getting confused when I have to add the straps.

can someone help simplify it?

thanks so much!
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2006 04:09:43 AM »

Basically, you add the straps right at the beginning, just after you've made that M-shaped bag and lining combo in the first picture. You then baste the straps to the inside of the bag at the top, so that one end is even with the bag. Make it so that, when you fold the fabric on top of each other as in the finished bag, one of the straps is sticking out the left side and one of the straps is sticking out of the right side of the unfinished bag. Basically what the rest of the instructions are getting at, is that you end up sewing a channel into the top of the bag, and the sticking the strap that is attached to the top piece of fabric/lining into the channel you've made in the bottom piece, and the strap from the bottom piece into the channel on the top piece. So if the top strap comes out on the right side, you stick it into the channel of the bottom piece on the right side and feed it through until it comes out on the left. That way, when you pull on the straps the bag will pucker and close. I don't quite see how these instructions work, because it seems to me that the hole where the strap comes out is left unfinished, that bit doesn't seem quite clear to me.
A quick and dirty illustration:

« Last Edit: November 14, 2010 01:52:56 AM by fembot » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2006 04:17:35 AM »

That's about as far as I've understood the instructions. You then obviously attach the ends of the straps to the bottom corners of the bag, but exactly how that would "form a base", I don't know. I've just noticed it says to finish the raw edges I mentioned by hand as the last step. I'd try and do this at an earlier stage myself.

Hope this helps

« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2006 05:55:40 PM »

It helped tons!

I finished the bag! I'll post pictures when the stencil is dry  Smiley
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